Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Scrapbooking 101 - easy to make

Most of you out there are seasoned scrapbookers but for those of you who may be intimidated by an entire 12 x 12 layout I’m here to help. 

I started Scrapbooking over 25 years ago in the usual  12 x 12 layout since then I have started making smaller scrapbooks that I have shared here and ask doing project life...but there are still certain occasions I love to throw down on a piece of paper and document. 

Ok so to start grab the photos you want to scrapbook - you can add however many photos you want but I like to keep simple and generally if they are large 4 x 6 photos I like to use an odd number like maybe 3 

I have been using my Prynt photo printer or Instagram camera photos for my layouts lately so I chose to use 2 photos for this layout 

I found this amazing pad of big die cuts by DCWV so that helped with my idea planning. Then I had to choose my paper 

These were the die cuts I chose to go with my 2 photos 

Now for choosing my paper 

Still not working - if I used the paper below the die cuts would blend in to much 

I think I found the paper I’m going to use. 

Now play around with your pieces and find a layout you like or looks good to you - don’t worry about will it make it into a magazine - this is for you - something for your kids and their kids to look back on. Stress free 

I really wanted to use that small block with the gold palm trees but I could t got it into the layout so it looked good to me so I pulled it out and didnt use it 

And here is the finished layout! I love it  

Have fun with it and enjoy it - try not to put to much pressure on yourself - make memories not headaches ( wink) 

Have fun crafting ya’ll! 


Friday, August 3, 2018


Welcome - today I wanted to share an easy tutorial for making the cutest unicorn ornaments out there... 

Cute, right? 

This is a step by step photo tutorial with all the details and supplies needed - let’s get started 

Paint paper mache ball any color you like 

Trace and cut out the ears and horn out of the papers as seen in the photos

Once you cut out the pieces the wars should set into each other - glue them down to one another then make a small 1/2 inch or smaller crease as shown in #2 then cut a small slit in the bottom fold as shown in #3 then glue with the glue gun as shown in #4 

Then glue your cone together - notice the small hole at the top - you’ll need that to pull the gold hanger thread thru 

Once your done with the come add the eyelashes - these very basic but super easy - I used sharpie and as shown in the last photo I made them In different sizes and it all looks cute.

Add the horn with hot glue - let it dry - Next step is to pull the hanger thru - I used a large eye needle and put the string thru and thread the needle thru the horn and wa-la - easy!  

Next cut small pieces of tule and place them between the horn and the ears with hot glue 

Almost done - now add the flowers - I went with one big one in the middle and smaller ones around the front - this covers up all the glue spots left after adding the horn and the ears - my flowers had small holes in the center and you can add puffy paint to the center or some small bling 

I wanted you to see the two different unicorns I made in the same colors and using the same basic materials - changed  the papers and the eyes but cute none the less. 

Thanks for stopping by - hope you like the tutorial - let me know if you make one so I can come by and check it out! 



Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer flip book

Hey ya’ll I wanted to share this new style of scrapbook I started making - that I’m in love with. I’m calling it a flip book. Why? Well the pages are different sized and there are a lot of extra pages added so you technically flip thru the album to look at and insert the photos. 

Here’s one I just shared on Instagram 

Front cover 

Little inserts I added for journaling or photos 

Pages for photos 

Cute right 

This album holds approx 15+ photos - check out my Instagram for the short video showcasing each page. 

I’ll share my personal flip book later - it’s really cute 

Let me know if you like it. 

Happy hump day!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Using it all-new paper kit share

I know I probably sound like a broken record but I’m all about using every last bit of items in a paper kit. Sure sometimes there are some small die cuts left over but in the photos below I show you what I made using a normal 6 x 6 paper pad kit 

I’m using POOLSIDE by fancy pants designs 

This is the first album I made using a pool
Party theme for grown ups 

Reminds me of vintage palm beach 

Cute right? 

I mean can you stand it? 

This album uses the same paper kit but I made it more kid friendly. 


This is my favorite page - the splashes kill me 

And using more of the bits I made a matching tag for each album 

Love love love how the tags came out - these albums and their coordinating tags are listed in the shop in case your interested . 

Now I’m off to the water park - happy summer ya’ll! 


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Graduation Gift Idea

Today is a big day for us here - my daughter graduates from high school and we are in full party prep mode but I wanted to share a cute gift idea with you.

This idea is a unique way to give money to a graduate. 

Cute right? 

Let’s get started 

Here are the supplies you’ll need to make this 

First would be picking your jar. This is for my daughter, so I am packaging 100.00 - mostly ones, some 5.00s, a couple of 10.00s and 1 twenty... I used the jar on the left with the white cap. I had it  already but I know bought it at the dollar store.

See that there mason jar?

Pretty sure it can hold 250.00 to 300.00 - I bought that one originally but my 100 bucks only filled 1/4 of the jar - doh! 

Use those small rubber bands (also purchased at the dollar store) and wrap the dollar bills.

Here is my jar filled up and to be honest I could probably fit in another 20 bucks inside. Shh don't tell her that.

Now you’ll need to measure the circumference of the lid 

Cut a piece of black card stock and wrap it around the lid...

The circumference of my lid is 12 1/2 inches around my CS is only 12 inches - but it’s no big deal - remember the kid will probably rip this apart to get to the money so that small detail won’t even be seen.

I cut a 6 inch square for the top of my jar - (1/2 the circumference I measured)

I used 3 pieces of double sided foam tape to raise the height then stuck my square on top. I bought the small tassels at Michaels for some scrapbooking projects so I used it but you could make your own instead with the school colors if you wanted to be really crafty...and attached it to the top with a sticky dot and a black Pom Pom! 

And ta-da MAGIC and an amazing treat to give your kid! 

Happy Graduation to all those kids out there and the parents who survived the journey (wink wink) 


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mother’s Day Layout

I’m trying to be more present in life these days so I wanted to document my fabulous Mother’s Day weekend. 

Friday night we started off by going to have dinner at Katsuya which was fancy and delicious and very expensive but it was so worth doing it once! 

Then we walked across the street and we went to see SCHOOL OF ROCK at the Pantages Theater 

It was a fun musical especially if you have kids even my 10 year old was completely into it - the entire 2 hours! Without falling asleep - score!!

Saturday night we went to the Dodger game 

We ate and laughed and had a great time 

Sunday - Mother’s Day - my family made me a yummy breakfast and we opened gifts then we went to visit my mom at the cemetery 

Cleaned up her stone and left flowers for her and my brother - this day is the hardest every year because I can’t physically be with my mama 

Later that day we went to visit my husbands
mom and then we went to have dinner at Taco Surf on Sunset beach 

It was one of the better weekends I have had and truly enjoyed  myself - i wanted to document it while it was still fresh in my mind so I made a double sided layout with a pocket to hold my cards and tickets of the weekend. 

This is the front page with the pocket and all the cards and napkin from dinner and a rose my son gave me and my title I stamped on and I added one photo at the top 

And here is the back of the layout with more photos and tickets Stubs 

I’m trying to stay on top of the moments in my life so I think I will start scrapbooking again as these special moments happen. 

Happy Scrapbooking ya’ll